BIPP Submission

Just popped my initial submission for BIPP membership in the post. Now a nervous wait to see what happens next! I chose the images above, as the bulk of my professional work to date has been in concert photography. The first step is to get in touch with my mentor, who will help me put together my first panel to go before the judges. The first level qualification is for a LBIPP or “Licenciate” of the British Institute of Professional Photography.

This is probably my biggest gallery post to date and spans a few years. I have spent a good 3 hours trawling through my archives and had a great time with them all. It also brings back various memories of the events themselves. Most of them have been utterly fantastic but there were a few awkward ones. Tour managers suddenly forgetting that they had invited us for example! It’s also a total blur, every shoot flies by very fast, 3 songs just isn’t a long slice of time with artists. However it is enough to get some decent shots, unless the front lighting is non-existent, only to be turned on as we exit the auditorium! We are a cynical bunch at times us photographers, convinced that some people have a vendetta against us. It may all just be a ruse, it may simple be that bands prefer playing in pitch darkness. Who knows….

The set of photos here were amongst my favourites, not just the pictures themselves but the events were very memorable, for good reasons. Plenty of stories to tell…. another time perhaps?

Great Bustards

Yesterday Richard Peters and I took a trip down to visit the Great Bustard Project in Wiltshire, armed with cameras and big lenses. We had been warned that our chances of seeing any Bustards this time round were limited and therefore we didn’t have high expectations. However this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm in the slightest, as wildlife photography is more often than not dictated by chance and dependence on some expert knowledge. Continue reading →

Artists Open Houses

How on earth do I cover an event like www.aoh.org.uk? It’s going to be really big and I need to spend my time wisely since I only have one day to play with. 200 venues in total around the Brighton area. Sounds like a lot of fun though and all I can do, is do as much as I can.

If you are reading this blog and know of a venue that I really shouldn’t miss out, please let me know. I will do my best to include on my itinerary.

Photographs will be published on the blog/site and syndicated via my agency out to the national and international media.

Red Kites sighting, Monk Sherborne

I have in the past hour spotted 2 red kites hovering very low over a field near Monk Sherborne, Hampshire. In fact only 8 foot of the ground and about that distance away from myself. Such a great sighting, I stopped to watch them until another driver came up behind me. Luckily I was only on a country lane just off the A339 from Newbury. Shame I didn’t have my camera as my 200mm would have been all I needed to have captured a great shot!

Red Kites in Hampshire update

A little while back I wrote a post or two about the way in which the Red Kite has spread well beyond it’s Chiltern Hills stronghold. If you ever drive along the M40, you will no doubt spot these large birds of prey circling high above the motorway. Take a little detour off the main roads into the countryside around the Stokenchurch area and you can easily go on a Kite spotting tour. Why not stop off on a nice summer’s day (especially right now, as the weather is so nice), find yourself a nice field, sit on a fence and watch the sky? I spent an entire day doing just that in the attempt to capture a half decent shot of at least one of these stunning birds. Suffice to say despite finding some great subjects, I failed to capture anything half decent on camera. Continue reading →